Fabulous Finds Friday — Balloons!

On a recent trip to Las Vegas, I visited Viva Las Vegas stamps … and spent all my gambling money on rubber (better than throwing it away on the slots, right?)

I picked up a few *Banksy-inspired images, including this fun balloon girl:

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I played around with it and black embossed the image. And looked at it and looked at it … then I found the Party Banner Cutting Plate (TE217) from Taylored Expressions all cut out and nowhere to go, just sittin’ on my desk. So I paired it with balloon girl … and, well, there we go.

Here’s another card using balloon girl:
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The pretty blue embossing powder is from Ranger, the dry embossed cloud background from Darice. And there’s that Hero Arts enjoy sentiment again. The cardstock is from WorldWin.

Here’s a close up view of the embossed cloud:

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Thanks for stopping by!

*Banksy is an English graffiti artist, political activist, film director and painter.

Fast & Easy Stamping, and a Trick

It’s been a hectic few days with little chance to play, er, work in my studio. So just to get the creative juices flowing, here are two fast and easy cards:

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I love this brush stroke set from Hero Arts — such a fast and easy way to add a quick splash of color. For this set, I stamped the brush stroke using Tsukineko’s Vineyard Kaleidacolor pad on white cardstock. The die is from Taylored Expressions and the sentiment from Hero Arts. Rounding the corners is an easy way to up the look.

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Boy, could this card get any simpler? So here’s the trick: the splotchy purple background was made by cleaning a stencil (used in another project) on a scrap of white cardstock. The base card is Neenah stock; sentiment from Hero Arts; dies are Sizzix/Stephanie Barnard Word Labels set. (Do you think it needs some bling? I may try to add a little somethin’ somethin’… )

Thanks for hangin’ in with me!